Cory didn’t get the memo

Sick? What? He’s been having a really good day. Jackie was up ahead of me, as she often is, and opened the balcony door for the cats to go out. Instead of waiting for me and getting carried out to Jackie for his kibble routine, Cory was already outside when I got up and went to the kitchen. He was wildly energetic and enthusiastic about his breakfast, and afterwards, he was still hyper. He wanted up in my closet, on the shelf, where the old oversized cat carrier is… he climbed on top of the carrier, too. Then he wanted down,…

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Coming back

Wow, it has been a really long time since I used this blog. Between Cheezland and, intermittently, Facebook, it’s been easier to just share kitty news elsewhere. But since Cory-Bear just had a not-yet-confirmed diagnosis of cancer, which means that there’s an invisible clock ticking and we have no idea how long it will take for it to run down… I imagine there are going to be lots of updates. And honestly, posting everything in two different places is going to at best be annoying, and if things get hectic, might not be possible. This way, anyone interested in following…

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Trick and the Dental Surgery Saga

Okay, so… shortly before Catmus, I took all three cats in for overdue vaccinations (it had been about 4 years) – mainly rabies, which is required by law annually here, but I did go along with a FVRCP booster even though I’m unconvinced that it’s necessary after initial shots and there ARE risks. Partly because we’re hoping it will help with Cory’s calicivirus attacks. I probably won’t get Trick vaccinated any more, though. But anyway… The vet, of course, gave them a check-up. Verified that Trick’s odd lumps are harmless fatty lipomas. Noted that the odd little horny growth on…

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Angel, Sunday ups and downs

Sorry, going to start off with a couple more bits snagged off my Facebook from morning: Good news, for a change! Nothing through the night, although we were each up at least once and quietly checked on her. A small mess shortly before the alarm but nothing NEAR the horrible smell of the earlier ones (although strongly blood-tinged, I’m sorta running on the assumption that the sheer severity of this caused some tearing near the opening that will heal once things are normal). She was awake and alert to greet us, and once I got her cleaned up, Jackie tells…

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Angel, Saturday

No pictures today. Sorry, this is pretty much just grabbed directly from my status messages and comments on Facebook: Morning update: I got up once in the night to visit the bathroom and checked on Angel quietly – not visible and no mess, so I let her be. Jackie was up around 6 and went to the kitchen, and Angel started purring on sight so she stopped to spend a little time in Angel’s room with her. Still doesn’t want to be touched much, but she obviously wanted the company. No mess. When I got up at the regular time (just…

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Angel’s progress plus a photo-bomber

More detail than anyone really wants to know, but some cute pics. Poor Angel’s reaction to the meloxicam has been, to say the least, bad. It’s been almost 48 hours since her third and last dose. I’ll spare you the grim details, but, well… large and extremely fluffy cat with very bad diarrhea means a lot of laundry, a couple of emergency fur-clippings in areas she was unthrilled about, and dropping everything to come running when she uses the litter-box in order to clean it, her, and change her bedding. Cory was not very happy about being unable to reach…

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Angel’s lameness

Okay, so… Angel’s a big girl, although a fair bit of it is muscle (the rest involves heavy-duty food anxiety issues from an early history of abuse and not being a very naturally active cat). And she’s diabetic, but we’ve got that pretty nicely controlled. Last winter, we started her on glucosamine treats for stiffness in her hips, which worked beautifully. Then the company recently “improved” the formula, she stopped eating them, and there was a lapse with none. We finally found some (not great, but something) and got her on those in early March. Shortly after that, she stopped…

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day, conclusion

We did manage to get a fourth reading on Angel last night: just before her shot: 8.1 Just spoke to the vet. She’s absolutely thrilled with the numbers (different vet, very very nice) and says Angel is definitely going into remission! The caution is that going too fast could cause it to recur, and second time around, the chances of getting it into remission aren’t so great. So. She said if we can, do half a unit twice a day – that’s going to be tricky to measure! – and if not, do one unit once a day. In three…

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day

We’re certainly getting the hang of doing the tests. 1) Rub ear vigorously to get blood moving lots (and get Angel relaxed and happy) 2) Polysporin wif pain releef on underside of ear 3) Vaseline on upper surface of ear 4) Small strong LED flashlight to pinpoint vessels in ear 5) Prick, get blood drop 6) Apply pressure to spot, follow by polysporin on the upper surface (Angel has, btw, figured out that as of this step she can stop being grouchy because there won’t be any more pricks and there will be….) 7) Give Angel waiting dish of fishie…

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Awesome Angel news!

To jump to the end bit first: Angel’s now on half the dose of insulin she started on three weeks ago!!! (also, is a video in this one!) So, my poor vet had a crazy-busy Monday, left early on Tuesday because she was sick, and called me today on her way out the door to go home again still sick. We skipped Angel’s injection last night because we weren’t sure what was going on and figured that was safer. Weird little bit: I had trouble sleeping last night, anxiety was high, in part over Angel, and she was in my…

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